HDF Grantmaking

Beginning in 2015, the Hispanic Development Fund focused grantmaking priorities solely in the area of education, with an emphasis in early education.  Latinos are the largest and fastest growing minority group in the U.S. and in most parts of the Greater Kansas City area, yet have the lowest education attainment levels. The Hispanic Development Fund believes that education is the one equalizer to overcome personal obstacles. HDF supports programs and projects from early education and beyond that seek to increase academic achievement and participation by Latino children and families in the educational system.

 

Hispanic Development Fund grantmaking for 2017 is currently on hold. Once we have evaluated the changing needs of our community, and how we can best provide critical support, we will proceed with 2017 grantmaking.

Apply for grant opportunities through the Greater Kansas City Community Foundation's website by clicking the links below.

Grant Opportunities

Early Education

The Greater Kansas City Hispanic Development Fund believes that all Latino children should have access to a high quality early education. Therefore, the Hispanic Development Fund initiated an effort seeking Requests for Proposals that identify organizations, programs and/or projects designed to increase access to quality early education programs, increase academic achievement as well as school readiness of Latino children in the Kansas City metropolitan area.

 

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K-12 and Beyond

The Greater Kansas City Hispanic Development Fund believes that all Latino children should have access to high quality education. Therefore, the Hispanic Development Fund released a Request for Proposals to identify organizations, programs and/or projects designed to increase academic achievement as well as increase the college readiness, persistence and college graduation of Latino students in the Kansas City metropolitan area.

 

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Administrative Relief

The Greater Kansas City Hispanic Development Fund is seeking applications from organizations interested in increasing the number of eligible undocumented immigrants applying for deferred action programs, building collaborations of organizations serving immigrants, and elevating the local conversation on immigrant issues. 

 

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Past Grants

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  • Bethel Neighborhood Association - Bethel Youth Program
  • Cristo Rey - Supporting Persistence to College Graduation
  • El Centro Inc. -  After School and Summer Program | Academy for Children
  • Foundation of the Metropolitan Community College - Building a Career Pathway for Spanish Interpreters
  • Kansas City Kansas School Foundation - Padres Comprometidos: Engaging Latino Parents for Long-Term Student Success | Latinos Hacia Adelante
  • Mattie Rhodes Center - LEAP 4K Learning, Engaging and Preparing for Kindergarten
  • Olathe Northwest High School - Hispanic Leadership Academy
  • Olathe Public Schools Foundation - Hispanic Supporting Care Providers
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  • El Centro Inc. - After School & Summer Program|Academy for Children Continuous Quality Improvement
  • Guadalupe Center Inc. - Early Childhood Education Expansion
  • MCC Foundation - Building a Career Pathway for Spanish-Interpreters
  • Mattie Rhodes Center - LEAP 4 K - Learning, Engaging and Preparing for Kindergarten
  • Olathe Northwest High School - Hispanic Leadership Academy
  • Olathe Public Schools Foundation - Hispanic Supporting Care Providers Through Personal Visits

Initiative Updates

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The Greater Kansas City Hispanic Development Fund recently partnered with the Migration Policy Institute to conduct a landscape analysis to better understand our region's changing demographics. Use the following links to download the fact sheet, presentation and infographic summary.

Fact Sheet: Immigration to the Heartland: A Profile of Immigrants in the Kansas City Region
Presentation: Immigrants in the Kansas City Region
Infographic: Immigrants in the Kansas City Region

 

We’re excited about our new initiatives working with families about their legal rights as residents. The Hispanic Development Fund received a matching grant from the Open Society Foundation to fund work around Administrative Relief. These grants were in anticipation of the implementation of President Obama’s administrative relief programs: the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) and the Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Legal Permanent Residents (DAPA).

The original DACA has been in effect since 2012. Although expansion to DACA and DAPA were announced in 2014, they have never been implemented because of an ongoing lawsuit regarding their constitutionality. This year it was a widespread belief that the Supreme Court would finally bring this case to a close by ruling on the program’s constitutionality. However, a vacant seat in the Supreme Court resulted in a split decision which has left the issue of constitutionality unresolved.

Although this has proven to be a challenge, recipients of the Administrative Relief grants have not lost momentum. El Centro, Inc. of Kansas City, KS and Legal Aid of Western Missouri have used their grant awards from HDF to help residents on both sides of the state line apply for citizenship and subsequently register to vote. Their efforts include citizenship clinics, informational sessions and canvassing events. The KS/MO DREAM Alliance has been able to continue working on administrative relief by assisting those local residents who are eligible for the original DACA program through outreach events and DACA clinics. 

Our grantees have proven that they are committed to making Kansas City a better place for all residents through their hard work and perseverance. The Hispanic Development Fund is proud to be able to be a part of their success and is looking forward to the great work they will continue to do in our community.